Cover picture © Credits to Anastasiya Molchanova
Cover picture © Credits to Anastasiya Molchanova

An ultimate guide on Moscow Metro for first-comers

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Moscow public transport is very convenient and easy for first-comers to get around. Busses, trams, the metro, and the Moscow Central Circle are renovated and not really expensive, but there is a lifehack that tourists don’t usually know about. This ultimate guide will help you out. When you get to a metro station, what is the first thing you do? Correct, you get a ticket. So, you have to go straight to the ticket office and ask for a metro card called “Troika”. It costs 50 roubles, and this money is given back to you when you return the card (you can do it at any station you want, not necessarily at the one where you purchased it). Now, each of your rides costs 38 roubles, instead of 55. Also, when you get a card, you don’t have any credit on it, so you have to top up your card at the ticket office or a ticket machine.

Picture © Credits to Anastasiya Molchanova
Picture © Credits to Anastasiya Molchanova

Where can it be used?

1) Moscow Metro

Moscow metro is large, and it has more than 200 stations. You will never be late if you take Moscow Metro. Plus some stations are breath-taking, and they look like museums, for example Kievskaya, Park Pobedy, Novoslobodskaya. You can even book an excursion to learn more about the history of Moscow Metro!

Picture © Credits to Anastasiya Molchanova
Picture © Credits to Anastasiya Molchanova

2) Busses, trams and trolleys

Public transport in Moscow is the easiest way to get around, and if you don’t feel like spending your time under the ground, you can take a bus, a tram or a trolley. This kind of transport is more interesting as you can do some sightseeing while going to the city centre. The price is still the same, one ride costs 38 roubles.

3) Moscow Central Circle

Moscow Central Circle, an overland encircle line of metro, was opened a couple of years ago, and it helps out a lot of people every day. For tourists, Moscow Central Circle is useful because it’s another way of discovering Moscow. From the train, many places of interest can be observed: Moscow City Skyscrapers, Luzhniki Stadium and many more.

Picture © Credits to Anastasiya Molchanova
Picture © Credits to Anastasiya Molchanova

Moscow Transport is not expensive, but we can still save up some money when using it. This guide’s aim is to tell you about the “Troikacard that gives a 20 percent discount, and it’s very useful for first-comers who don’t feel like taking a taxi every now and then. Moreover, you can find out more about Russian culture in Moscow Metro, as it is a piece of art. Feel free to book an excursion there. Remember to give the “Troika” card back to the ticket office, so that you can help the environment (it takes about 400 years for plastics to decompose) and get back your 50 roubles.

Kievskaya metro station in Moscow
Kievskaya metro station in Moscow
Киевская, Москва, Россия, 121059
Park Pobedy metro station in Moscow
Park Pobedy metro station in Moscow
Парк Победы, Кутузовский просп., Москва, Россия, 121170

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Anastasiya Molchanova

Anastasiya Molchanova

I am Anastasiya from Moscow, a linguistics student who loves hiking, playing the guitar and drawing. On itinari, I will share with you my favorite Moscow’s spots, giving you the opportunity to dive into an amazing Russian way of living.

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